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EPSRC Reference: EP/T004665/1
Title: Turbo Green Burner
Principal Investigator: Nikolaidis, Dr T
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Department: Sch of Aerospace, Transport & Manufact
Organisation: Cranfield University
Scheme: Technology Programme
Starts: 30 August 2019 Ends: 30 October 2021 Value (£): 95,529
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Energy Efficiency
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According to many recent reports, spending and manufacturing output are expected to grow rapidly in Africa by 2025 (McKinsey, Africa mapping new opportunities for sourcing). As a consequence, several market opportunities are expected to be available for different African industries. It is well known that electricity supply is considered one of the most important inputs for any type of industrial or manufacturing developments. The Turbo Green Burner project aims to offer a new product for bakery industries in Africa to produce 12kW of power and 200kW of heat simultaneously using a micro gas turbine engine. The main advantages of this project are the efficiency and flexibility of the proposed system, in addition to its independence from the national grid. Samad Power Ltd, the lead project partner, has developed wide experience in developing micro gas turbine systems for different industrial applications. Samad Power has mastered the Method of Combined Design and developed the world's most cost-effective micro gas turbine CHP system, the Turbo Green Boiler, for the domestic market (£4,000 installed cost). Samad power will utilise its previous experience, methodologies, and registered patents to successfully deliver the Turbo Green Burner system to the market. Cranfield University (CU) is a leading institution with strong experience and a track record in various cutting-edge industrial R&D collaborations on the subjects related to this project including; research, design, and development of gas turbines and turbomachinery equipment. CU will be involved as the academic partner in the Turbo Green Burner project to design and analyse a combustion chamber, which operates with different types of fuels. In particular, CU will support the project during work packages 1 and 2 to design and analyse an efficient combustion chamber that can operate with conventional and environmentally friendly fuels. The combustion chamber will also be designed to burn liquid and gas fuels. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and other numerical and analytical methods will be used to evaluate the combustion chamber performance and to establish its stability maps. To enable the selected engine to operate with different fuels, CU will design different components using inhouse analytical codes, in addition to advanced numerical methods and simulation techniques. Furthermore, the combustion chamber wall temperature will be assessed analytically and numerically to predict all the thermal loads and the appropriate cooling method. The novelty of this design lies on the possibility of the combustion chamber to operate efficiently and effectively using a wide range of fuels available in the market such as methane, diesel, and biofuels.
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